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Housework Help as a New Benefit

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Scholars document the gender gap in cooking, cleaning and laundry among scientists -- and suggest a new employee benefit may be key to the advancement of women.

2 People, 1 Job, 36 Years

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Husband-and-wife historians at Earlham have spent more than three decades sharing a job.

No More Early Vacations

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Think it's not worth holding class the Friday before spring break? Faculty leaders at Penn State want you to know they disagree.

Responsibilities: A College and Triplets

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Carmen Twillie Ambar is president of a small college in Pennsylvania -- and the mother of three toddlers.

Assessing the Threat

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Experts on campus security and workplace violence say Huntsville tragedy reveals possibility of faculty members as perpetrators, but warn against "tenure denial made her do it" assumptions.

The New Poli Sci Collaboration

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As field has moved away from single-scholar publication as the norm, new questions are raised -- including, whose name goes first?

Extra Nudge into the Sunset

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Tough budget times have colleges offering early retirement incentives to free up funds, and others report difficulties maintaining current retirement contribution levels.

Layoffs Without 'Financial Exigency'

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One of the ultimate protections of being a tenured faculty member, historically, has been being immune from layoff in all but the most extraordinary circumstances. Under policies issued by the American Association of University Professors and largely accepted by higher education leaders, only institutions that declare "financial exigency" -- a state so dire that it "threatens the survival of the institution as a whole" -- can eliminate the jobs of tenured faculty members.

Not So Private Professors

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Faculty try to shield their personal lives from students, but the suspension of a Pennsylvania professor over Facebook postings shows there's no such sanctuary online.

Different Paths to Full Professor

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Ohio State wants to rethink traditional patterns of faculty reward structure -- starting by questioning whether great research should be the only way to reach the highest rank.

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